When I was 18, I started pre-medical classes to become a physician and worked as a technician in the intensive care unit (ICU). I immediately became fascinated with the skills of the ICU nurses and the impact they had on patients’ lives. Because I enjoyed caring for and spending time with patients, I switched majors to nursing. I have been a registered nurse (RN) in the neurosurgical/medical/surgical ICU for 4 years now and before then I was a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the ICU for 3 years.

I enjoy caring for critically ill patients with complex medical issues. As a nurse I can have such a positive and powerful impact on a patient’s life, and helping the patient progress to a better state of health makes me happy. I frequently care for patients receiving ventilation and I feel I am the patient’s...

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